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    Jun 21, 2024  
2022-23 Academic Catalog 
2022-23 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), CSC

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This is a G3 eligible program.  Click here to learn more.

PURPOSE: This certificate encompasses the curriculum set forth in the Virginia and National EMS Education Standards for the AEMT pre-hospital provider level. The curriculum includes an expansion of topics covered in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) curriculum including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and trauma. Students are introduced to the concepts and skills related to Advanced Life Support (ALS) care including intravenous access and medication administration. Successful completion of the classroom, lab and internship portions of this certificate will result in eligibility to sit for the National Registry of EMT’s AEMT exam. Students in this certificate must maintain their current EMT and CPR certification throughout the program.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Pre-hospital care, emergency calls, ambulance transport to medical facilities.


  1. Attend a mandatory EMS orientation session with instructor.
  2. Be at least 18 at start of program.
  3. Meet the requirements listed in the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services document “Prerequisites for EMS Training Programs, Criminal History and Standards of Conduct.”
  4. High School graduate or GED.
  5. Satisfy admission requirements for Laurel Ridge Community College.
  6. Current Virginia or National Registry EMT - Basic certification or higher (must remain current for duration of program)
  7. Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification or other CPR card accepted by the Commonwealth of VA Office of EMS (must remain current for duration of program).
  8. No physical limitations rendering the student unfit to perform all required duties.
  9. Satisfy the job requirement duties for EMT as set out in the Mid-Atlantic EMS Council Job Description for EMT.
  10. Complete the Clinical and Field Internship portions of the program, submit results of a physical exam completed within the last 12 months as proof of immunizations or resistance to measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, polio, Hepatitis B vaccination and TB skin test within the last 12 months. If PPD is positive, submit results of chest x-ray showing negative for active TB.
  11. Laurel Ridge Community College Placement tests and completion of any developmental work that may be identified by the placement test. Must show competency in MDE 10  or eligibility for MTH 154  and ENG 111  to satisfy requirements without taking remediation.
  12. Residents from outside the Service Area are admitted only after all applicants who reside in the College service area have been considered.
  13. Completion of criminal background search, fingerprinting and drug screen as required and to the satisfaction of affiliating clinical agencies. All costs associated with these are the responsibility of the student.

ACCREDITATION: The EMS program at Laurel Ridge Community College is nationally accredited through the Virginia Office of EMS.

EMT certificate courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence, which begins in the fall semester. Interested students should apply to the Division of Science and Health Professions at the Middletown Campus prior to the April 30th application deadline in order to complete required background screening, health forms and program orientation. Seating is limited, and priority seating is given to residents of the Laurel Ridge Community College service region.

Certificate Curriculum

Semester Total: 16 Credits

Program Total: 16 Credits

1 Completion of BIO 141  and BIO 142  may be substituted for BIO 145 .
2 EMS 170  required for students taking National Registry AEMT exam at conclusion of CSC.

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